Texas lawmaker proposes constitutional carry for special session
By Chris Eger
Adding recently filed constitutional carry legislation to the special 30-day session is now in the hands of Gov. Greg Abbott (Photo: Texas Governor’s office)
Supporters of permitless handgun carry in the Lone Star State have a glimmer of hope with a new bill introduced this week — if the state’s avowedly pro-gun governor plays ball.
Republican state Rep. Jonathan Stickland proposed HB 296 on Monday to allow adults otherwise lawfully able to possess a firearm under federal and Texas laws to carry a handgun concealed or openly without a permit.
Stickland backed a permitless carry measure during the regular session, but it and a similar bill failed to make it to the floor before Texas House Speaker Joe Straus gaveled the chamber to a close. Now, with Gov. Greg Abbott calling lawmakers back to work for a special session, advocates are hopeful the governor will add the gun expansion to his list of items to focus on during the legislative overtime.
“It’s time for Republicans to stop being all hat and no cattle,” Open Carry Texas President CJ Grisham told Guns.com on Monday. “As Governor Abbott once said, ‘the issue of gun control was settled in 1791.’ Well, now it’s time to prove it.”